The City of Temecula, Community Services Department and the Temecula Valley Museum announce a new Student Art Mural in Sam Hicks Monument Park (28300 Mercedes Street) celebrating National Women’s Equality Day. The Student Art Mural Project seeks to support emerging artists by providing a space to showcase their craft. Each month, student artists have the opportunity, facilitated by Bigfoot Graphics, to paint a mural on varying topics. This month, in celebration of the National Women's Equality Day (AUG 26), this mural has a Women's Equality theme and was created by Bigfoot Graphics art instructor Katinka Clementsmith, and art students, Margaret and Sarah Ozolins, Aja Pederson (age 11), and Reese Lockerman (age 11).
Their collective goal was to inspire young girls to follow their dreams and encourage other role models to be their inspiration. These artists painted a variety of girls dreaming of reaching goals that are either not yet afforded to women, or that are uncommon for women today. Said the team "We hope to inspire a new generation of girls to continue changing our world in a direction of equality for all."
In celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on AUG 26, 1920, and to remind us of the struggles of the past, present, and future, United States Congress designated AUG 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by the heroic women who faced violence and discrimination to gain the right to vote.
Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards commented, “The City of Temecula honors the legacy of those who fought for women’s right to vote by providing this opportunity for art instructors and students to display their mural on Women’s Equality today. This mural is not only colorful and inspiring for young girls, but also seeks to inspire all of us to be role models in our quest for equality for all.”
The mural is currently on display in Sam Hicks Monument Park and will be officially unveiled on TUE, AUG 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm. All are welcome to attend the unveiling. The museum also celebrates Women’s Equality Day through facts and free crafts in the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club Art and Education Room. The Student Art Mural Project is organized by Temecula Valley Museum. Local art students are invited to paint murals on canvas that will be displayed in Sam Hicks Monument Park monthly. For more information, please contact us at (951) 694-6450.